LEFT OR RIGHT?

imageThe ultimate question we must consider about Left or Right is not political. In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus assigns a left or right position to the sheep and the goats. Where will I sit? Where will you sit?

It is sobering to picture all nations gathered before the eternal throne of the Son Man for the purpose of left and right separation. There is no mid-line. Either, we trust God’s Son for the forgiveness of our sins or we choose to trust in our own deeds. Either, we respond to Jesus’ saving grace with compassionate care and service to the hungry and the poor or we choose our own way and act on our own behalf.

The Bible exposes an unspoken pitfall in Jesus’ words. Our eternal life rests on our belief in Jesus. Without faith in Christ our kindness, our giving, and our service on the behalf of those in need casts us on the side of the goats. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10).

The Bible pictures Jesus as the Shepherd of the sheep. Do not be a follow along goat in his herd. Change into sheep’s clothing—a robe of righteousness—and assume you’re your position on the right side of the King of Kings. Make it your daily prayer that you will be able to discern the good works which God prepared in advance for (you) to do.

This is the day of Christ’s compassion. The Lord knows it is needed. Take your RIGHTful place in God’s kingdom and serve others in His Name.
Only one life, will soon be past.
Only what’s done in Christ will last.

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King, will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:37-40)

OPP (opportunity for action): Use the parable of the sheep and the goats to start a discussion about faith in Jesus. Raise your child’s awareness of the needs of others. Take can goods, blankets or coats to a shelter and remind them that their good deeds are being done for Jesus. Introduce the concept of helping others out of gratitude to God for His gift of heaven for those who believe in His Son. Give your children a right choice perspective so that they are not left out of the kingdom of God.

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